Cat Ba Island see and do guide

An independent selection of the best things to see and do in Cat Ba Island. No paid placements, no advertorial.

Cat Ba Island
see and do guide

Introduction

| 30 Jan 2012
Last updated 30 Jan 2012

Most travellers spend a couple of nights on Cat Ba Island. It's not really worth the effort to get here if you stay for a shorter time.

It's easy to fill half a day or more just exploring the island on a motorbike (or bicycle if you're fit enough). If you're planning on doing any real trekking, you'll need to add another half day or more. And If you haven't already taken a Halong Bay cruise, that's another full day.

Hospital Cave, Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba's position at the head of Haiphong harbour made it an important strategic location in the Vietnam War. Hospital Cave is a... Read more

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Hospital Cave, Cat Ba Island
Towards national park 10kms from Cat Ba Town

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Exploring the island - Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba is perfect for exploration by motorbike. Navigation through the spectacular limestone mountains is easy. The roads are in... Read more

Cat Ba beaches, Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba is home to some nice patches of beach. The most accessible are near the town and known imaginatively as Cat Co 1, Cat Co... Read more

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Cat Ba beaches, Cat Ba Island
Close by Cat Ba town to the north east

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Cannon Fort, Cat Ba Island

Not far from the centre of Cat Ba town is Cannon Fort - a French era fort that was also used in the defense of Haiphong during... Read more

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Cannon Fort, Cat Ba Island
2kms east of Cat Ba town

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Cat Ba National Park - Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba National Park has some good treks of varying difficulty that can be organised at most hotels or at the park headquarters.... Read more

Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island

Most travellers to Cat Ba will use it as a base for a Halong Bay tour that is focused around Lan Ha Bay. The landscapes are... Read more